If I’ve read the New Testament right, as followers of Christ, we are members of Christ’s body (1 Cor. 12:14–21), and hence, by definition, we belong to each other. We cannot intentionally follow Christ solo. Interdependence, not independence, is God’s pattern. In other words, there is no such thing as a lone-ranger Christian. When we fail to connect with each other we are failing to connect with Jesus. But what does it mean to connect with one another?
Modern American psychology, like the land of ancient Gaul, is divided into three parts. This division of psychology into three types is necessary because each type has its own advantages and failures and each has a different relation to the Christian faith. In addition, each displays its own distinctive facets of the contemporary idolatry of psychology.
In the following essay, we will briefly discuss the nature of an argument, the law of non-contradiction, and a selection of informal fallacies. We will also present a helpful cache of tough questions, which can be used when engaging various worldviews. Finally, we will look at how to discern the assumptions behind the information presented in the media. This survey is designed to provide you with an introduction to the art of critical thinking.
In recent years, some people have used the concept of “separation of church and state” as a principle to eliminate religious perspectives from public places and public education. However, others contend that religion, and specifically the Bible and Christianity, has an important role to play in our political system and public issues. To settle the dispute, something must be known about the foundation upon which our government is built.
It is instructive how one segment of our society screams “censorship” every time its views are questioned, but when Christians claim “censorship” of the facts of history, they are ignored by the guardians of the First Amendment.
Public school textbooks are fertile ground for the seeds of willful historical deception.
As some see it, the theological foundation of evangelical unity is the fact that the Bible is an inspired book, inerrant in the autographs. Our commitment to the authority and accuracy of the Bible is a belief we value highly, one we desire to share with those outside our circle, and one concerning which we repeatedly endeavor to convince them. Yet, despite our long-term and massive commitment in that direction, despite our meticulous historical, theological and exegetical treatments of the data the yield in number of “converts” to our position remains abysmally meager.
Biblical service isn’t a tactic designed to boost profit margins, protect market shares, keep customers happy, or improve employee relations. It isn’t a strategy designed to inculcate patriotism, strengthen community relations, or attract more investments. It is not a technique to pad resumes, garner votes, or patronize constituents. It isn’t a style of leadership, a personality bent, or a habit of highly effective people.
At a conference concerning the teaching of moral values in the public schools, a justifiably well-known philosopher from an eastern university asserted that the moral virtues were (1) those values without which we humans do not flourish because they are rooted in human nature, and (2) those values that enjoy a consensus that spans culture, country and century, something like the Tao described at the end of C.S. Lewis’s The Abolition of Man. That moral values described or derived in either of these two ways are not truly moral and are not truly absolutes is the burden of this brief chapter.
Genesis 1:1 tells us, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Verse 2 adds, “The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” Verses 3 through 30 then tell us how God went about giving form and content to what was once without form and void. Throughout the process, He brought increasing order out of chaos….
As we discuss the issue of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, it is critical that we not only understand what is going on in the world around us but that we also understand what the Bible clearly teaches about, life, death, pain, suffering, and the value of each human life.
Which choice then should I, as a Christian, make in the selection between capitalism and socialism? Capitalism is quite simply the most moral system, the most effective system, and the most equitable system of economic exchange. When capitalism, the system of free economic exchange, is described fairly, there can be no question that it, rather than socialism or interventionism, comes closer to matching the demands of the biblical ethic.
In this essay, let me try to set forth a few fundamental principles of Christian economics that could, in my view, form part of the framework for a full-blown system of Christian economics. I do not claim that this list of principles is exhaustive, but I do think it includes some of the more important points.